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Old 10-14-2002, 01:17 PM
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W124 - that square right side rearview mirror - why?

Could someone please explain that purpose of the square Rt side mirror on the W124s? If it was such a good thing why do they not have it on any other model? Has anyone replaced this with a mirror of the same size as the drivers (but still wide angle)? I think it would look much better.
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Old 10-14-2002, 02:06 PM
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This has been discussed before .. I think the answer came out to be something like, the narrow mirror allows for easy accessability through alley ways.. Do a search you will likely find several answers....

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Old 10-14-2002, 05:59 PM
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I don't know... I like it the way it is Sets it apart doesn't it?
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:07 AM
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I think it harkens back to the days (pre '80s) when MB's were designed by engineers instead of stylists...okay an exaggeration but hear me out.

Older MB's were notoriously efficient in design...larger steering wheels for optimal leverage, hard seats for long distance support, power windows EXCEPT on the drivers door (cause you can reach it) and exterior mirrors designed to show you what you need to see. On the passenger side they are narrow and tall to cover the rear quarter blind spot, whereas on the drivers side they are wide to show the road behind.

North Americans, not used to form following function, called these quirks "the arrogance of Mercedes engineers" and eventually the stylists won more influence over design, it seems.
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